Faux Pas Moments?

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Faux Pas Moments?
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Wed, 09-23-2009 - 9:25am

Many of us here are bilingual or more so I though since body language is also a language that differs from county to country it would be interesting to ask……..


Have you ever had a Faux Pas moment while visiting or residing in a different country?

 
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Sat, 09-26-2009 - 6:26am

 
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Sat, 09-26-2009 - 10:31am

Hi! While this isn't a major faux pas, it was a misunderstanding/miscommunication that I had when I first moved to Finland.

Here in Finland, all gifts are given from Santa. Santa comes on the 24th (xmas eve) and brings the presents to the kids and adults. He sometimes even stops by for a bit to sing along with the kids and have a little snack.

Well, I kept wondering why there weren't presents under the tree? And when could I put some under the tree!? Eventually my MIL helped me put some under the tree..but I sure felt embarrassed and guilty once I found out how it goes here.

Now, almost every year since (unless the young niece and nephew are visiting) my in-laws have put the presents under the tree. I think MIL likes the look of it.

I still miss stockings though.




Twilight-Quotes

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Mon, 09-28-2009 - 7:31am

Hum, that’s interesting that Santa puts all gifts under the tree.

 
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Mon, 09-28-2009 - 11:16am
Yup, all gifts are from Santa.



Twilight-Quotes

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Tue, 09-29-2009 - 7:32am

Oh wow, that’s interesting.

 
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Sat, 10-03-2009 - 2:19pm
Yup, all gifts (except exchanges between friends) are for the most part anonymous. It is different, but as my DH says, it isn't about "me" and who gave what to whom. It's more about anonymously seeing someone got something and being happy, without having to say "see see, that was from me". *shrug* It's just different.



Twilight-Quotes

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Mon, 10-05-2009 - 3:27am

Your DH has a good point about how gift giving is not about the giver but instead making the receiver smile.